The “Seeing the Sights” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #146

:: A literal thumb drive, a secret bridge party, a Gummy Bear pyramid, and more! ::

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #146 :: The “Seeing the sights” Edition :: 08:02:2017

Seeing the sights…

Hey all,

Hope you’re having a great summer. I’ve had some out-of-town friends and family in town, so I’ve being doing some in-town sightseeing which is always fun. The (haunted) USS Hornet here in Alameda is definitely worth a visit.

One thing I’ve never done in my 23 years in California: taken a cable car ride! Can you believe it? We were going to do it last week but it was seven bucks a person and there were six of us total. Ka-ching. Another time.

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S.  Bay Area folks, did you get tickets to Color Factory? Neither did I. Boo!

This space intentionally left seeing

As seen on the Internets


Thumb drive

**This** is a thumb drive

:: Oriana Leckert on “The Last Secret, Illicit Parties Atop The Old Kosciuszko Bridge”

:: Design your own cornhole board cover

:: 3D printing an intricate mechanical calculator

:: NASA is hiring for Planetary Protection Officers

 My favorite Boing Boing posts (of mine) from this past week:

:: Why there are “I Hate Elvis” buttons

:: Ferris wheel karaoke

:: So cool: the Keaton Music Typewriter

Real things you can actually buy: thrift score

This really exists: Bored Panda put together a huge compilation of amusing thrift scores, including this oh-so-wrong “I should have danced all night!” sign. 

Real things you can actually buy: Dis-nay

I wish I had thought of this first: Spireside’s line of candles are inspired by Disneyland and have some of the best knockoff names (and scents) ever. For example, there’s the Haunted Manor which smells like “Musty Carpets, Dusty Furnishings,” and “Graveyard Grasses” and then there’s the Splash Down which smells like “Disney Ride Water.” I’m not making this up.

Best part: the company goes to the actual park for clandestine product shoots. I’m dying over here.

They’re $18 each.

Featured events


Hair at the Great Star Theater

San Francisco, California
[8/4-8/26] Hair at the Great Star Theater, Tickets $20-$40

(My favorite musical!)


Gummy Bear Pyramid at Burning Man

Oakland, California
[August] Help build the Gummy Bear Pyramid, a Burning Man light installation, with Dicapria at American Steel Studios, email

I heard about this project at the Desert Arts Preview a few months ago and it looks really cool. The pyramid needs 200,000 hand-cast gummy bears to complete it and in order to finish before Burning Man, the crew needs YOUR help:

“Let us know your interests, skills, and time you’re able to commit. We are specifically looking for metal workers, mold making/casting people, and all around crafty people that want to join our fun crew build nights.”

Also in Oakland
[8/17]  Mimi Pond’s “The Customer is Always Wrong” Book Event at the Starline Social Club, 7 PM to 10 PM

Mimi’s the coolest. You should go meet her at this signing event for her new graphic novel, The Customer is Always Wrong.

Palate Cleanser: Mandelbrot set

Mandelbrot set

This Mandelbrot set has 750M iterations!

Current mood: Potato chip playa

“The Gold Spike has been set.

The entire Black Rock playa has an evenness that I’ve never seen before. The dunes, playa serpents, depressions & soft spots are gone. Even the heavily-traveled, deep-rutted playa highway along the western edge, which has been a common feature for more than 3 decades, has been erased by the unusual winter lake of 2016-2017. The Black Rock City site is covered with a thin layer of potato chip playa, which crumbles easily underfoot, but below that is a firm, dry, hard, flat surface.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . There will be dust.”

photo by Danger Ranger too

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